The Nine Best Comedies in Chicago Theatres This November

They Died Where They Lived, Trevor, Hellcab, Holidaze, and more comedies on Chicago’s stages this month.

They Died Where They Lived, a dark comedy, plays The Den Theatre through December 1.   Photo: Courtesy Akvavit Theatre

Hellcab

11/8–1/12 A Chicago cabbie endures one arduous Christmas Eve in this sharply written Will Kern play. Previews through 11/13, $15. Regular run $35–$40. Profiles Theatre Main Stage, 4139 N Broadway. profilestheatre.org.

Holidaze

11/30–12/22 Amid the seasonal glut of Scrooges and sugarplums, Step Up Productions brings an evening of new holiday-themed one-acts by Chicago playwrights Lisa Dillman, Tate Geborkoff, Nambi Kelley, Chris Mandia, Joshua Rollins, and Steve Simoncic. $15–$30. Step Up Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport. stepupproductions.org.

Old Jews Telling Jokes

Through 11/24 Laugh until you plotz. $49–$99. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N Halsted. oldjewstellingjokesonstage.com/chicago/home.

Port Authority

Through 2/16 Conor McPherson returns to monologue form in this play about three generations of men who recount stories of lost love, big dreams, and irrevocable choices. William Brown directs. $35–$70. Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon, Glencoe.

Pygmalion

Through 11/4 Expert Shavian director Robert Scogin helms this tale of an imperious Edwardian phonetics professor (Christian Gray) who turns a Cockney flower seller (Lydia Berger-Gray) into a well-spoken aristocrat. $15–$30. Shaw Chicago at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N Dearborn. shawchicago.org.

Smokefall

Through 11/3 A pair of in utero twins contemplate their future as their pregnant mother deals with pending personal catastrophe. $10–$40. Goodman Owen Theatre, 170 N Dearborn. goodmantheatre.org.

The Sovereign Statement

Through 11/23 Neo-Futurists member Bilal Dardai turns the conventions of political thrillers and police procedurals inside out. $20. Neo-Futurists at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland. neofuturists.org.

They Died Where They Lied

Through 12/1 A pair of drunken campers have an adventurous run-in with some wild berry pickers. $15–$20. Akvavit Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee. akvavittheatre.org.

Trevor

Through 11/24 A Red Orchid Theatre ensemble members Mierka Girten and Larry Grimm portray caretakers of a mischievous chimpanzee. $25–$35. A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N Wells. aredorchidtheatre.org.

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